BOLS Maraschino is a clear cherry flavoured liqueur with the powerful taste of fresh cherries from Dalmatia in Croatia, edged with hints of rose petal, and containing real, fresh cherry juice for an overwhelming mouthfeel. The name Maraschino is derived from the Marasca cherry, grown in cherry orchards in this area.
Maraschino is one of the ancient, classic liqueurs mentioned in every significant book on cocktails from Jerry Thomas’ 1862 “The Bartender’s Guide” right up to today’s publications. According to Thomas, dashes of Maraschino were used in ancient versions of everything from the Manhattan to the Whiskey Cobbler. A dash of Maraschino makes the perfect daiquiri, as confirmed by daiquiri-making legend Constantino Ribalaigua of La Floridita in Cuba, reputed to have made over a million of those drinks in his lifetime. Maraschino featured heavily in the pousse-café recipes of the late 1800s, and has remained in favour with bartenders over the years.